Attachment theory is based on the joint work of J. Bowlby (1907–1991) and M. S. Ainsworth (1913– ). Inge Bretherton aptly applied one of Freud’s statements as she outlined the origins of attachment theory: So long as we trace the development from its final outcome backwards, the chain of events appears continuous, and we feel we have gained an insight which is completely satisfactory or even exhaustive. Its developmental history begins in the 1930s, with Bowlby's growing interest in the link between maternal loss or deprivation and later personality development and with Ainsworth's interest in security theory. In formulating attachment theory, Bowlby made a number of important conceptual contributions to our understanding of human development. Key Reading Add to My Bookmarks Export citation Type Article Author(s) Bretherton, Inge. Attachment theory, originating in the work of John Bowlby, is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory that provides a descriptive and explanatory framework for understanding interpersonal relationships between human beings. The origins of attachment theory: John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth.

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Discussed here are the balance (rather than the conflict) between attachment and exploration, the concept of internal working models, and the parent as a psychological secure base. Although Bowlby's and …

In addition, Bowlby's “theory … Uses two major concepts from this work to interpret refinements and elaborations of attachment theory attibuted to Mary Ainsworth. The origins of attachment theory: John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. Developmental Psychology, 28, 759-755.

(1992). In this article, we’ll look at the origins of this theory, the four attachment patterns and the four

Attachment theory is a groundbreaking observation that explains the functions and importance of child-parent attachment.

Bretherton, Inge – Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 1985 Provides overview of attachment theory as parented by John Bowlby in "Attachment and Loss".